HELLSWORN - Repulsive Existence (Eldritch Lunar Miasma Records - CD 2014)
Ya, ya, ya… I know that probably you don’t need another old styled death metal band. And if it sounds Swedish, then it is even more unwanted anymore. Fuck off with these opinions though – not originality counts (you cunts hehe), but the music, the feeling of it, passion and the poison, which is in these sounds and which is able to infect you body with sheer aggression and obscurity! And this British death kommando gave me all that! And yeah, their name is probably taken from the awesome Demonical LP and they do play the same style of Svensk Döds Metall, but they do it so well that I just don’t care whether it sounds unoriginal and over explored. That’s not the reason for me to reject such an awesome band!
Interestingly Hellsworn is only debuting with this CD “Repulsive Existence”, but quality wise they sound better than the majority of similar acts. This is killer death metal, with impressive dark, obscure atmosphere, great feeling, vicious and aggressive riffing and that powerful energy, which forces me to play it as loud as possible and bang my skull like a damn maniac. The music is truly infectious, some of these riffs are totally memorable like in “Repulsive Existence” and “Lifeless”… and yes, the shadow of Dismember or Carnage is floating over Hellsworn all the time, but take that as a compliment! These are just damn good death metal songs. And the production is also great, with that guitar tone, which we all love.
So, to conclude – for me Hellsworn is brilliant. Ha, it is actually yet another awesome British death metal, which I am so fuckin happy to have in my collection. For years this country was useless, when speaking of good, brutal music – the old legends were either dead or sucked cocks, only Bolt Thrower and Benediction were standing pride… but recent years are a real resurrection of the scene in UK, with hordes such as Cruciamentum, Grave Miasma, Sheol, Vallenfyre and now also Hellsworn… A nice pint of cold ale or shitty cider for them all then!
Standout tracks: “Repulsive Existence”, “Lifeless”
Final rate: 80/100